Losing a lot of weight after gastric bypass surgery and other bariatric surgery procedures often leaves the patient with loose or sagging skin. Patients that lose weight without undergoing liposuction or other plastic surgery procedures often find that their body appears out of proportion and that there is no defined silhouette. Many bariatric surgeons encourage patients to undergo body contouring procedures after the patient has completed the weight loss process so that they can improve their figure. Here are some of the recommended body contouring procedures after weight loss surgery:
Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss Surgery
If you have a significant amount of loose skin around your abdominal muscles, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck after weight loss surgery. A tummy tuck, otherwise known as abdominoplasty, removes excess skin around the stomach and also tightens the underlying abdominal muscles to give you a ‘six pack’. This is a fairly extensive procedure but can produce dramatic results.
Breast Lift After Weight Loss Surgery
Many patients that lose a lot of weight from bariatric procedures notice that their breasts begin to sag or become misshapen. A breast lift can be performed without the need for implants to shape and lift up the breasts and create a more attractive, youthful silhouette.
Facial Liposuction After Weight Loss Surgery
While the natural weight loss process reduces weight all over the body, some patients find that they do not lose a significant amount of weight from the face and neck area. Facial liposuction using an innovative laser liposuction technique can help to sculpt the face and create a more contoured appearance. Facial liposuction can also be performed to remove excess skin around the face or neck and be a part of the surgical facelift procedure.
Body Lift After Weight Loss Surgery
A body lift, otherwise known as belt lipectomy, is a body contouring procedure designed to remove excess skin around the hips, thighs and buttocks to create a more attractive silhouette. After weight loss surgery, many patients find that they cannot tighten and tone the buttocks and thighs easily with exercise. The body lift can help to improve the contours of the body and create a more balanced profile.
VelaShape After Weight Loss Surgery
If you’re looking for a non-invasive body contouring procedure after weight loss surgery, you may consider undergoing a series of VelaShape treatments. VelaShape works by heating up the skin tissues to create a tightening effect. It is most suitable for tightening up loose skin around the stomach, arms, hips and thighs after weight loss surgery.
Endermologie After Weight Loss Surgery
Endermologie is a non-invasive body contouring treatment designed to sculpt and tone the muscles and tissues to create a more attractive silhouette. This procedure works like a deep heated massage and helps to smooth out loose skin and firm up the muscles. A series of endermologie treatments is usually necessary to achieve significant results after weight loss surgery.
Learn more about body contouring procedures in our information guide, or consult with a plastic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for any of these body contouring procedures after your weight loss surgery.